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Author Alain de Botton writes at his desk in the check-in area during his week as writer-in-residence at Heathrow Airport, west London, on August 20, 2009. London’s Heathrow airport has appointed a writer-in-residence to muse on the world of flight delays, passport controls and duty-free shops, officials said Wednesday. Alain de Botton, a popular philosopher known for works like “How Proust Can Change Your Life”, set up his laptop this week at the airport’s new Terminal 5, where his writing appears on a screen behind him as he types. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal (Photo credit should read Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)